It’s a Lock: Padlock Jewelry Designs

By Cynthia Sliwa — January 30, 2014

Although the launch of the cinematic version of 50 Shades of Grey is over a year away, a kinky influence in jewelry is having a moment. The locking Cartier “Love” bracelet has become a classic. Spike designs have had a good long run. Now, led by designer Michael Kors, padlocks are showing up as elements of jewelry designs.

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Here’s one of several ads run by Michael Kors in numerous publications promoting the padlock look.

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A clear cuff accented with a padlock by Michael Kors appears in the November 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar in a picture spread on surfer style. Also pictured is a sporty wristwatch by Hermes.

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The November 2013 issue of Marie Claire accents a street style look with a padlocked neck cuff from Michael Kors, along with a variety of other statement jewels:  goldtone earrings from Patricia Field, a pair of clear cuffs from Michael Kors, a vintage Christian Dior chain necklace, a wide chain bracelet from Chanel Fine Jewelry, a bracelet with dangling circles from Chloe, a two-finger ring from Paula Mendoza Jewelry, and a twist ring from Vhernier. The model also wears a Diesel top, Diesel Black Gold skirt, and Chanel sneakers.

Quite a few other designers have locked onto the padlock trend.

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The November 2013 issue of Elle profiles writer-producer Aisha Muharrar, featuring a gold padlock pendant necklace from Roberto Coin. Also pictured on the page but largely obscured are enamel spike drop earrings from Lulu Frost; a gold-plated pewter necklace from Alisa Michelle; and a crystal and brass link bracelet from Lulu Frost.

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A relatively delicate padlock necklace from Freedom at Topshop is among the budget island-bright choices in the November 2013 issue of Marie Claire.

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“Audrey Hepburn meets Sid Vicious” reports the December 2013 issue of Allure in describing a Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci padlock choker. Also pictured among the metallic selections of the issue’s gift guide are a Lucite and metal Michael Kors bracelet watch; a Hermes layered bracelet of white gold and diamonds; a Fendi necklace of leather and oversized chain links; and a Jennifer Fisher brass bracelet. Allure adds: “Stylists’ secret: Thick cuffs make wrists look dainty.”

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The same necklace in white metal from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci is featured in the November 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Also featured is a shapely ring from Bulgari.

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The January 2014 issue of Self accents a sporty look with a lock necklace from Bond Hardware and a chunky chain bracelet from Diane von Furstenberg by H. Stern. The model also wears a vest, tunic and skirt by Rebecca Taylor and sunglasses from Italia Independent.

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The February 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar centers a photo spread of blue-hued fashion with a Diana Broussard padlock necklace. Also pictured are cuffs by Gucci and Celine, a Valtags necklace, and a Swatch watch.

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I close with a current ad from Tacori, a clever take on padlocks and jewelry.

Price Check:

  • Alisa Michelle:  gold-plated pewter necklace (11/13 Elle), $65
  • Bulgari:  shapely ring (11/13 Harper’s Bazaar), $1,200
  • Celine:  blue stone bracelet (2/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $820
  • Chanel Fine Jewelry:  wide chain bracelet (11/13 Marie Claire), price upon request
  • Chloe:  bracelet with dangling circles (11/13 Marie Claire), $390
  • Christian Dior:  vintage chain necklace at House of Lavande (11/13 Marie Claire), $648
  • Diana Broussard:  “Cobalt Lochetta of Love” blue resin padlock necklace (2/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $375
  • Fendi:  necklace of leather and oversized chain links (12/13 Allure), $950
  • Freedom at Topshop:  goldtone pendant necklace (11/13 Marie Claire), $20
  • Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci:  padlock choker (12/13 Allure), $2,485; white metal padlock choker (11/13 Harper’s Bazaar), $2,490
  • Gucci:  blue and silver cuff (2/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $1,250
  • Hermes:  sporty wristwatch with blue band (11/13 Harper’s Bazaar), $3,800; layered bracelet of white gold and diamonds (12/13 Allure), $154,000
  • Jennifer Fisher:  brass cuff bracelet (12/13 Allure), $725
  • Lulu Frost:  enamel spike drop earrings (11/13 Elle), $144; crystal and brass link bracelet (11/13 Elle), $360
  • Michael Kors:  clear cuff with padlock (11/13 Harper’s Bazaar), $325; neck cuff with padlock (11/13 Marie Claire), $395; clear cuff bracelets (11/13 Marie Claire), $275 each; Lucite and metal bracelet watch (12/13 Allure), $225
  • Patricia Field:  goldtone earrings (11/13 Marie Claire), $26
  • Paula Mendoza Jewelry:  two-ringer ring (11/13 Marie Claire), $325
  • Roberto Coin:  gold padlock pendant necklace (11/13 Elle), $3,900
  • Swatch:  blue wristwatch (2/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $120
  • Valtags:  necklace (2/14 Harper’s Bazaar), $55
  • Vhernier:  twist ring (11/13 Marie Claire), price upon request

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